Tuesday, 5 August 2008

attention: retailers and clever people...

I'm a little bit in love with butterflies. This would be PERFECT in a little girl's room. Mixko Delight Wool Felt Butterfly Lampshade, RRP$120

If you've designed a cool range of homewares, babywear or jewellery and are wanting to sell or are looking for a cool range of homewares, babywear or jewellery to buy to stock in your store, head over to Erayo. This online marketplace is like a dating service for independent small retailers and designers, helping them to meet virtually and find a perfect business match. Or, in their own words: "Our team of buyers, merchants and talent scouts travel the world, attending the largest and most relevant trade shows in search of the best established and emerging design talent. We then invite those designers whose products exhibit the right combination of quality, uniqueness and marketability to join Erayo to sell their products to independent retailers who negotiate directly with the designers. Once a price and volume is agreed on, Erayo does the rest. We ensure that the order arrives at your storefront safe and sound."
But don't feel you need to be "discovered" to have a chance to crack an international market - Erayo invites designers to apply here if you think you have what it takes. To give you an idea of what they're looking for, here are a few fave finds I discovered while browsing the site...

A super-stylin' ceramic earthenware bowl that doesn't need anything in it to be a statement. Caterina Fadda Stuido Kiko large fruit/salad bowl, RRP$59.96

Wall decals aren't new, but they don't all look this good! Luka Abstract Decal, RRP$64

I love a good wallpaper and this one is bright, graphic and cool. Dominic Crinson Succo 4 Wallpaper roll, RRP $160.69

Style editor Shelly Grossman also has a great blog which highlights various designers Erayo promotes as well as gives some style tips for around the home.

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